Away from the Cenotaph, the Chelsea Pensioners stood at their windows today.
Remembrance Sunday felt the same this morning but also felt different – if that makes sense. There as always at the centre of the day was the Cenotaph, the simple slab of stone erected a hundred years ago to act as a memorial to the dead of all armed conflicts. The Queen was there as always watching from the Foreign Office balcony. The two minutes silence, the wreath laying and the remembering so much sacrifice and loss. What was missing was the thousands of members of public who normally travel to Whitehall from all corners of the country. Also missing were many veterans who march past the Cenotaph after laying their wreaths each year. Thankfully, the sadness and feelings of gratitude to all those who lost their lives was still there too.